At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant

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The tale of a bookseller's daughter

Meg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London-and that makes her an heiress. She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is. But Mr. Moore's unexpected marriage throws all Meg's dreams into confusion. Meg resists the overtures and edicts of her stepmother with a cleverness equaled only by her fierceness, but in spite of it all her rival's belly soon swells with what Meg fears will be her father's new heir. Meg seeks wisdom from almanacs and astrologers, plays and books of jests, guides for ladies and guides for midwives. Yet it is through her own experience that she finds a new matrimony with which to face her unknown future. This vibrant novel recreates a lively and fascinating historical period when women claimed a new and more active role in London's literary scene.
 

About Katherine Sturtevant

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Katherine Sturtevant is also author of "A Mistress Moderately Fair, "a historical novel for adults, and "Our Sister's London: Feminist Walking Tours. "She lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published October 16, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 140 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although its feminist message is a bit heavy-handed, this novel, set in 1677, is an engaging and fun story about 12-year-old Meg, the only surviving child of London bookseller Miles Moore.

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But all this changes when Meg's father takes a new wife: not only is Meg's inheritance jeopardized by the possible birth of a half brother, she must also study the womanly arts she scorns at the side of her stepmother, Susannah.

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In AT THE SIGN OF THE STAR, Katherine Sturtevant has recreated the world of 17th Century Restoration London at a time when women were finally coming into their own on London's literary scene.Reviewed by Audrey Marie Danielson on October 16, 2000 At the Sign of the Starby Katherine Sturtev...

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